W: What are you going to do for your summer vacation?
M: I have a plan to visit the Great Wall, but I'll just stay in and finish my homework.
M: Not only is there a climbing plan for the weekend but there is a skating plan as well.
W: Oh, no, I plan to swim this weekend.
M: Did you hear what Mr Green said? It was something about our book reports.
W: He said we could hand them in whenever we had them done. But they must be handed in by November 13th.
M: This is James Charles speaking. Could you tell me Mr Smith's schedule for tomorrow? I'd like to meet him at his convenience.
W: Let me see. He'll go to see his doctor at 8 o'clock and attend a meeting at 10 o'clock in the morning. But he'll be in the office the whole afternoon.
M: Let's talk about next week's arrangements. When is the market conference?
W: It's on Monday and the sales conference is on Friday.
M: Friday? The seminar is on Friday according to my diary.
W: There's going to be a change. The seminar is on Thursday.
M: Helen, I'm going to a party tonight, but I have no idea about what to talk about. Can you give me some advice?
W: Sure. At the party, people sometimes talk about sports and current events.
M: I see. What else can I talk about?
W: You can talk about China.
M: That's a good topic.
W: Yes. I'm sure they'll like it.
M: Are there any questions I should avoid asking?
W: You shouldn't ask about people's income.
M: Why can't I ask about their income?
W: Because it's too personal.
M: I see. Thanks a lot, Helen.
W: I'm glad I can help.
M: I'd like to speak to Shirley.
W: Hi, Tom. This is Shirley.
M: What are you going to do this weekend?
W: Nothing important. What's on your mind?
M: What about going for an outing?
W: Good idea. After a week's stay, I just want to have a change.
M: Where do you want to go?
W: Let's go to the natural park.
W: Who will go with us?
M: No one. Jack is ill and Mary has to look after him.
W: When and where shall we meet?
M: At seven o'clock at the school gate.
W: It's too early. Let's make it eight o'clock.
W: When do you plan to go to the Canton Fair in Guangzhou?
M: I will leave for the fair during the second week in October. I've already faxed my arrival date and time information to Miss Tang in the office in Hong Kong. She will take care of my hotel reservation and transportation both in Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
W: Is Miss Tang going to accompany you on your visit to Guangzhou?
M: Yes, she is. She's going to be in day-to-day contact with our Chinese suppliers and trade officials there. She's going to participate in all my business meetings in China. As you know, she speaks perfect Cantonese and Mandarin. I would have a hard time there without her assistance.
W: She's the kind of person who never neglects any detail. I remember very well how she made my visit in China last year so fruitful. You won't have to worry about things with her help.
W: Where are you going to spend your holiday this year, Peter?
M: We may go abroad, but I'm not so sure.
W: What do you mean?
M: Well, my wife is talking about Egypt recently. She may want to go there. I'd like to go there, too.
W: Yes, it's an interesting country to see.
M: But we can't make up our minds yet. You know, a round-trip ticket to Egypt costs a lot.
W: But you may go by sea.
M: Er, you are right. It's cheaper, isn't it?
W: It will only cost half as much if you go by ship.
M: But don't you think it will take a long time?
W: But you can enjoy the scenery of the sea and the rising sun.
M: OK, I'll tell my wife.
W: You'll definitely enjoy yourselves, I'm sure.
M: Don't be so sure. We may not go anywhere.
W: You always hesitate about everything.
M: It's not my fault. You know, my wife always worries too much.
W: About what?
M: Well, who's going to look after the house, who's going to look after the garden, and who's going to look after the pets. We have these problems every year and in the end we always stay at home to look after everything ourselves.
W: I finished my cooking course at the age of 21. I thought I was going to become a world-famous cook. I hoped people would travel from all over the world just to get a taste of my food. But three months later, I found out that I was nobody. Since nobody was travelling to taste my food, I should travel to taste theirs. During my travel, I visited many different countries, such as Japan and France, where different kinds of food open my eyes. I especially love the experiences in Italy and China. When in Italy, I learned how to make pizzas and salads. We had long lazy lunchtime in the sun and evening mealtime with conversations going on long into the night. In China, I love the hot Sichuan food and enjoyed the latest Beijing snacks. I also discovered the joy of making dumplings. My years of travel came to an end all too quickly, but I've decided what to do for the rest of my life. I want to bring the fantastic food of the world into my kitchen in New York.